Friedrich Wilhelm (Willi) Dralle

DralleFW-FriedrichWilhelmPortrait.jpg (25129 bytes)Friedrich Wilhelm Dralle was born October 20th, 1876 in Bremen, Germany. He died September 15th, 1949 in New York City, New York. He was the son of Johann Friedrich Dralle and Rebecka Friederike (Riethmueller) Dralle. He met Emilie (Amalie) Braun and they married on October 22nd, 1899 in New York City.

Friedrich Wilhelm's nickname was Willi as evident they way he signed his wife's diary.

There were seven children known born of this marriage. Edmund Jacob (baptized Edmund William), Betty Henrietta, Emilie Meriam, William Frederick, Eberhard, Paula Ruth, and Arthur Francis.

The New York Census on the 5th and 6th day of June 1900, Borough of Manhattan show that the couple lived on 85th Street, address 129. It showed William Dralleís birth of Oct 1876, was currently 23 years of age, and immigrated from Germany in 1892, his occupation was a grocer and that Emilie Dralle was born Dec 1875, was currently 24 years of age, and immigrated from Germany in 1894.

DralleFW-WilhelmEmilieWedding.jpg (30403 bytes)Friedrich Wilhelm may have come to America to visit or stay with older brother Johann Friedrich. There is record at Family History At ELLIS ISLAND that shows the ship "Dresden" arriving in New York from Bremen, Germany on 31.5.1892 with Willi on board. 

It is known that Willi owned and or operated a grocer store in Soho (south of Houston Street, NYC). It is understood that he was friends with the Gristede family and was asked to merge with the Gristede Bros. grocer business. Gristede stores are still prosperous today.

Willi also helped his brother Fred build a diner in Rockville Center; Fred's wife ?Elaine raised Spitzes (dogs).

It was told to me Arthur Jr by his aunt Paula that Willi was employed as a Contractor and millwright (installed machinery). "Millwrights install conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators. Millwrights install and do maintenance on machinery in factories, and do much of the precision work in nuclear power plants. Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints, and then put their knowledge and expertise to work drilling, welding, bolting and doing whatever else is necessary to assure that the cogs of industry are in perfect working order. Millwrights sometime work to specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. In the old days, before heavy metal machinery, millwrights carved out Sears and shafts from wood for mills and small industrial plants." From this description, I can believe a story my father told me that his father had worked to some degree on the building of the Empire State Building.

DralleFW-WilhelmAndJohann.jpg (34520 bytes)Willi owned a gold Elgin watch that was handed down to his son Arthur, and then to Arthur Jr. During Christmas of 1999, Arthur Jr. passed the watch to his cousin Joan Burdett to disperse to family as she saw fit. It is now in the hands of cousin Bill and his family. Bill has many grandchildren so the watch is in a great home.

My Tanta Paula had made a list of residents that the family lived. Residents: grocery store in Soho; 82 Wadsworth Terrace, Manhattan; Bronxville, New York; Sunnyside, Queens @ after 1930; 165 St. Ogden Ave., Bronx; 225 w. 99th, Manhattan (St. Michael's church); Eastport, MD, @ 1907; Baltimore @1910 & @ 1914; 201 E. 126th St., Manhattan; Elmhurst, Queens, @1925; 4184 Park Ave., Bronx, @ 1927; 1814 Weeks Ave., Bronx.

Both Friedrich Wilhelm (William Frederick) Dralle and Emilie (Braun) Dralle were cremated and buried at Ferncliff Cemetery, Secor Road, Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY 10530, (914) 562-9321. Williamís cause of death was Heart Attack. Emilieís cause of death was Heart Trouble.


DralleFW-FamilyB.jpg (38960 bytes)Clockwise from top left: Friend, Willi, Emilie, Joan and Paula 

DralleFW-FamilyC.jpg (38273 bytes)Left to right: Emilie, Willi, Joan, and Emilie

DralleFW-FamilyA.jpg (45985 bytes)

Clockwise from top left: Betty, Grandmother Emilie, Bill Jr., Paula, & Willi Dralle

DralleFW-FamilyD.jpg (40449 bytes)Friedrich Wilhelm Dralle & Emilie (Braun) Dralle

DralleFW-FamilyE.jpg (40899 bytes)Clockwise from top left: Willi Dralle, AC Braun, Emilie & Tanta Pauline - Oct. 1944 

ship - The Dresden.jpg (30103 bytes)The "Dresden" (3 separate accounts of the ship)

The Passenger Records of the ship Dresden, show that Mr. Dralle arrived from Bremen to New York on May 31, 1892 at 15 years of age (page 59). It shows that he was between the deck and steerage. This information was found at Family History At ELLIS ISLAND

  • DRESDEN - The "Dresden" of 1888 was the first of two ships with this name owned by Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). She was built by Fairfield Co. Ltd, Glasgow in 1888 and was a 4,527 gross ton ship, length 390.5ft x beam 46.7ft, one funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 13 knots. Passenger accommodation for 38-1st, 20-2nd and 1,759-3rd class. Launched on 1/12/1888, she sailed from Bremen on her maiden voyage to Baltimore on 10/4/1889. On 29/5/1889 she transferred to the Bremen - Suez Canal - Far East route for one round voyage and on 30/12/1889 went onto the Bremen - South America service. On 9/7/1890 she started a single round voyage from Bremen to Suez and Australia and on 18/5/1892 commenced sailings from Bremen to New York. Started her last Bremen - Baltimore voyage on 15/5/1902 and on 15/11/1902 commenced her last Bremen - S.America sailing (5 Round voyages). Her last Bremen - New York - Baltimore voyage commenced on 12/5/1903 (19 N.Atlantic round voyages). In 1903 she went to Houston Line and was renamed "Helius" and in 1904 went to Union Castle Line and was laid up. In 1906 she was sold to Turkey and was renamed "Tirimujghian" and in 1914 was sunk by the Russians in the Black Sea. [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 15 November 1997]
  • DRESDEN - Built by Bremer Vulkan Shipbuilders, Vegesack, Germany, 1889. 4,580 gross tons; 390 (bp) feet long; 46 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engine, single screw. Service speed 13 knots. 1,818 passengers (38 first class, 20 second class, 1,760 third class). Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1889 and named Dresden. Various, including Bremerhaven-New York service. Sold to Turkish government, in 1906 and renamed Tirimujghian. Sunk in the Black Sea in 1914.
  • HELIUS was built in 1888 by Fairfield Ship Building & Engineering Co. at Glasgow with a tonnage of 4579grt, a length of 390ft 6in, a beam of 46ft 8in and a service speed of 10 knots. She was built as the Dresden for Norddeutscher Lloyd of Bremen as the first of eight passenger-cargo liners. In 1903 she was sold to R. P. Houston & Co. for their South American cargo-passenger service to South America and renamed Helius. She was acquired by Union-Castle as a reserve steamer in 1904 and laid up at Netley. However, after the end of the Boer War an 1902 there was a surplus of tonnage to South Africa and she was no longer required. Consequently, she was sold to the Turkish Government in 1906 and renamed Tirimujghian. On 6th November 1914 she was sunk by Russian forces in the Black Sea.